INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– Indianapolis Yellow Cab is offering more cash rewards after the armed robberies of two taxi drivers on the same night.
The first robbery occurred just before 6 p.m. Friday in the 3700 block of North White River Parkway East Drive. The driver told police he was running early for a pickup at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, so he pulled his cab into a gravel area to wait. As he was waiting, he said a clean, shaven, bald black man pointed a shotgun in his passenger window and demanded cash. The suspect, who appeared to be in his late 20s, made off with about $100 in cash and the driver’s laptop computer. He also took the drivers keys and threw them into a nearby wooded area. The driver said he watched in his rearview mirror as the man ran to a green Pontiac parked nearby.
About four hours later, another driver was robbed as he was dropping off a woman at the Hunters Run Apartments near 52nd Street and Georgetown Road. The driver had picked the woman up at the Riverside Apartments off Cold Spring Road. She initially told him to go to 62nd and Georgetown, but after talking to someone on the phone, she said it was the wrong location.
As the woman was getting out of the taxi at the Hunters Run Apartments, she held the door open and told the driver “Somebody else needs a ride.” Just then, a man pointed a long gun in the door at the driver. Audio taken from the taxi’s onboard camera captured the man’s voice telling the driver to “Give me all your (expletive) money right now” and “I’ll blow your brains out, right here, right now.” The suspect got $420 in cash, before telling the driver to get out of there.
Detectives are now looking to see if the two robberies are connected. They occurred about four hours and five miles apart.
The manager of Indianapolis Yellow Cab says if they’re not connected, it’s a highly unusual coincidence.
“In the 14 years that I’ve been here I haven’t seen a situation where these robberies were attached that closely together,” said Indianapolis Yellow Cab manager Tim Neville.
Neville and IMPD want to talk to the woman who exited the taxi just before the second robbery. Her face was clearly captured on the taxi’s camera.
The manager is also offering a $2,500 reward for information on each of the two robberies. The last reward offered by Yellow Cab apparently worked. Both suspects captured on video robbing a taxi driver on June 30 have since been arrested.
Neville hopes somebody will recognize the woman in the video and tell police where to find her.
She is not a suspect at this time, but detectives want to question her about the robberies.
“Give us some information on this female individual, her whereabouts, or possibly where she can be contacted,” Neville said.
Anyone with information can contact Sgt. Brent Hendricks at the IMPD Robbery Division: (317) 327-3733. You can also call Indianapolis Yellow Cab at (317) 487-7777.